Local residents around Palmers Farm in Wootton have expressed their views on the proposed gravel extraction plans for the area.
‘Stop the gravel extraction’ signs have appeared in recent weeks along the proposed access route to the site as WAGE (Wootton, Whippingham and Arreton against Gravel Extraction) look to send a clear message to the Isle of Wight Council ahead of the expected planning application by Wight Building Materials.
WAGE chairman, Bob Holt, said: “Despite Covid concerns, over 100 people joined us at three public meetings at the end of last year, where they aired their many concerns about the proposed plans. There is significant potential environmental impact on wildlife and natural habitats, along with the risk of damage to the neighbouring Kings Quay area, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
“The proposed 50 HGV movements a day along part of the Isle of Wight coastal path and down a narrow country lane onto one of the busiest and most dangerous main roads on the Island poses a significant risk to cyclists, walkers, horse riders and other vehicles pulling out onto the road.”
Local Councillor Daryll Pitcher said: “This is absolutely the wrong scheme in the wrong place. We are all aware of the impact of human activity on the environment at a global level and that has to translate to making the right decisions on a local one. I will be supporting as many Island residents as possible in voicing their objections to this scheme once we see the final detail of the planning application.”
For more information, go to wage-iw.org or email email@example.com.